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-claude junker says he expects the eu to real a deep on the budget today. juncker said the last of an agreement would be disastrous for the region. julia is in brussels. julia, are we going to get a budget? mr. cameron has said, look, i don't want it frozen, i want it cut. so what's going to happen? >> well, we're moving in the direction of cuts. i think the positive news is that if you compare what we were talking about in november, we've cut around 80 billion euros from the 1 trillion euro target that they were looking at back in november. so we are moving in the right direction, but with regard to the decision today, i think if you've been listening to angela merkel to david cameron himself and francois hollande this week, the indication is that perhaps we shouldn't be as optimistic as jean-claude juncker would have us believe, but someone has to fly the flag for europe and we like our posturing in europe. overall, what rewe looking at? germany, the uk, the nordic european countries are fighting for cuts, real term cuts in this whereas italy and france would rather have it held steady. even
partnership on trade. she'd he wanted to open a new negotiation, a transatlantic partnership with the e.u. is it your feeling that people are going to look at that and say, okay, at least there's a little part of the business agenda he's pursuing by trying to get down trade barriers? >> one of the criticisms is there had been no new free trade initiatives in his first administration. you know, they acted on some that were previously proposed. yeah, obviously that would be something that -- that businesses would -- certainly want to sell to the world, this for sure. that -- >> larry kudlow was on with us last night and said we don't need a new agreement with the e.u. we've already got agreements with most of the countries involved. so we'll see how much value the marketplace puts on that. >> okay. all right. john harwood. becky's got the next story coming up. just -- a classic. it's -- you know, i got to talk to but this. i really -- let's lets beck dee it. do you have a new view on cayman islands? i know bachus says that mr. lew paid his taxes that he was supposed to pay. this was fully w
job opportunities for -- and the eu commission is already discussing this i think this is something that has to be added, and that, i hope, will also increase the understanding of the population of these countries. >> what do you think about what the bank of japan is doing right now with its policies, really pressuring the yen, that adds pressure, in turn, to the euro, which has pushed higher, versus the yen on these things, the u.s. watches that very closely. what do you think of their policy? >> yes, of course, we do watch it. but i think it's much overblown to speak of the currency war, something like that. what we observe is that the japanese central bank, the japanese government, wants to avoid the deflationary development, which i think makes a lot of sense. so i'm not too much concerned about that. >> so it's not a beggar thy neighbor policy at this point with the central banks around the globe? >> no. if it really leads to higher growth, that is the intention to have, then it's not beggar thy neighbor, then it's something that is helpful for all of us. and with regard to the
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